Gravely wounded Minnesota officer makes steps to recovery
WASECA (AP) — A southern Minnesota police officer who was shot in the head has shown small signs in his fight for recovery, his pastor said.
Waseca Officer Arik Matson remains hospitalized in critical condition. Matson was gravely wounded Jan. 6 as he and three officers responded to a call about a suspicious person roaming backyards in Waseca, a city of about 9,400 located 70 miles (south of Minneapolis.
Matson’s pastor, Kaleb Hurley, said he has a long road ahead of him, but has responded to questions by squeezing a finger or giving a thumbs-up sign, the Star Tribune reported.
The bullet entered the front of Matson’s head and exited the back, Hurley explained.
“It’s a miracle that he’s alive,” he said.
Tyler Janovsky, 37, the man accused of shooting Matson and firing at two other officers, has been charged with three counts of first-degree attempted murder.